“Men are weak. Our duty as gods is to make them strong. Our hands must be firm.”
—Duma in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Duma (ドーマ, Dōma, Doma in the Japanese version) is the final boss of Fire Emblem Gaiden.
Duma is the patron deity of Rigel who is worshiped as the War Father (戦神, Ikusagami lit. God of War), but, by the events of the game, he has been denounced as a Fell God (邪神, Jashin lit. Evil God) by some of the characters because of his descent into madness. In Valentia's early days, he came into violent dispute with Mila over their beliefs: Duma believing mankind should strive for power and Mila believing that mankind should be led towards peace and pleasure. Eventually, the two came to a pact that divided the continent between them, the north to Duma and the south to Mila, although their heavy involvement led to the people of Rigel becoming too cruel and the people of Zofia becoming hedonistic.
Thousands of years later, Duma supplies Rigel's emperor, Rudolf, with the Falchion in order to seal Mila. After the war begins, Duma's priest Jedah attempts to sacrifice Celica and her army to him, which prompts Alm to rush to her aid, and into battle with Duma. After his defeat, Duma entrusts the fate of Valentia to Alm, and then falls into a great slumber with Mila. Duma and Mila's faiths are merged into one religion afterwards.
In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Demon's Ingle is said to lay on top of Duma's remains. Though, this is somewhat odd, as Duma was defeated in a location that would be closer to the Mila Shrine Ruins in Awakening, and was lying dormant rather then being deceased. While the Valm general Pheros refers to worshiping Naga and Mila, there is no mention of Duma, despite his religion being merged with Mila's at the end of Gaiden.
It should be noted that he cannot be defeated without the use of the Falchion wielded by Alm. Duma will not take damage past 52 HP with other weapons. However, Nosferatu will still be able to do damage, due to an oversight in the coding caused by the weapon's hard-wired 50% hit rate.
It should be also noted that the final map in Gaiden is one of the few maps where Megaquake occurs, activated by Duma.
- Duma is one of the several final bosses in the series with the ability to move around their exclusive maps. The others are Idunn, Fomortiis, Ashnard, and Garon.
- Duma has the second highest HP total of any enemy in the series at 182 HP, losing only to Anankos. However, Duma has all of his HP in a single unit, while Anankos splits his HP between multiple parts.
- There is a unique animation if Alm attacks or defeats Duma with a sword. When attacking Duma, Alm will jump up and slash Duma's eye instead of his usual animation. For the final blow, Alm will attack before Duma fully rises, throwing away his shield, jumping and stabbing Duma's eye.
- In Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Mila and Duma are stated to be exiled Divine Dragons. However, it is not explained how Duma came to have tentacles and a single, laser shooting eye embedded in his forehead.
- The animation of Duma's Tentacle attack shows that Tentacle is a attack that involves Duma putting one of his claws into the ground, and then creates the tentacles with his magical power, and the third eye is the embodiment of his consciousness inserted into the forehead of his two-eyed dragon head, after he separated it from his body before the events of the game.
- This makes Duma the only named dragon in the series to not use Breath to attack.
- Oddly Duma's powers appear to be based on Darkness and the Earth element, unusual for a Divine Dragon.